Obama: North Korea Can't Manipulate Us Anymore
'Those days are over,' he says after meeting with South's new leader
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 7, 2013 2:21 PM CDT
South Korea President Park Geun-hye is escorted by Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery,May 6, 2013.   (Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – North Korea can no longer generate major international incidents at will with nuclear provocations, Barack Obama said today, asserting the United States and South Korea are fully capable of defending themselves. "The days when North Korea could create a crisis and elicit concessions, those days are over," Obama said at the White House after meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

The get-together marked the 60th anniversary of the US-South Korean alliance. Obama said that Pyongyang has failed to drive a wedge between the US and South Korea or to garner global respect with its threats. He said the joint US-South Korea meeting at the White House was evidence that the North has "failed again." The meeting also gives Park a chance to build a rapport with Obama, who enjoyed an unusually close bond with the previous South Korean leader, Lee Myung-bak.

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kawahchan
May 8, 2013 10:38 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: We just don't understand what Barack Obama is talking about North Korea. There are a lot of space for South Korean President Park Geun-hye and North Korea's Kim Jong-un to resume the North-South Korea Unification Summit since North Korea's Kim Jong-un orders to close the Kaesong Factory Park; the long-term South-North Korea's WTO plan and the Korean Peninsula's domestic low-to-zero trade-tax will be adjusted unless Kaesong Factoy Park can be re-opened sooner.
I_hate_to_say
May 7, 2013 7:57 PM CDT
Anyone paying attention (obviously none of the bloviating Obama-bashers below) would understand why the POTUS is making these statements on this occasion. China is stepping up and using pressure as only it can to let the new North Korean leaders know that the days are gone when their nation can behave like an irresponsible rogue state with impunity. The important diplomacy (as always in the highly effective Obama administration) is going on behind the scenes. China is not our enemy -- more often than not we can consider her a partner.
NorCalHal
May 7, 2013 7:32 PM CDT
WHO does Oblama think he's kidding? When, (not If) NK rolls out the missles, fires a few shots in the air or threatens to launch we will (be manipulated) to spend millions to divert our ships, reposition satellites, send surveillance planes, put SK on alert and generally "duck & pucker" as we are too timid to do anything really constructive and permanent. Oh we MIGHT send a "strongly worded" protest to the United Nations or send our ambassador to NK - LOL.